SABC board interviews: Leanne Govindsamy takes the hot seat
DA MP Phumzile Van Damme pointed out that 32-year-old Govindsamy is well-versed in media law, but does not have experience serving on a board.
CAPE TOWN - Members of Parliament (MPs) have begun interviewing candidates to serve on the board of the SABC.
Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications has shortlisted 36 people for interviews, but one person has since withdrawn, citing personal reasons.
Lawmakers are looking for qualified candidates to oversee the affairs of the cash-strapped public broadcaster when the interim board’s term ends next month.
Leanne Govindsamy, an attorney for non-governmental organisation Corruption Watch was first to take the hot seat in Parliament on Wednesday.
One of the younger candidates, the 32-year-old is well-versed in media law, but Democratic Alliance MP Phumzile Van Damme pointed out she has no experience serving on a Board.
“Why pick the SABC board to be where you get your board experience?”
Govindsamy responded by saying she’s stepping up to the plate because she wants to be part of the change at the SABC.
“You can’t just complain, and you can’t just be passive and says 'oh let somebody else do the job'. Sometimes you’ve got to be able to step up and say 'I want to be part of that change.'”
She told parliamentarians until the interim board took over in March this year, the rule book had been thrown out at the public broadcaster.
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